Sony Mobile announces 6.9mm Xperia Tablet Z in Japan.

Sony has announced the Xperia Tablet Z in a somewhat low key affair in Japan.  Until now, Sony has not been taken as a serious contender in the tablet market, however – with the announcement of the Tablet Z, its difficult to not recognise recent efforts from the Japanese electronics maker.

Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z has struck a second blow to the fortress built by Apple and Samsung, the first being the excellent Xperia Z Smartphone, as announced at CES 2013 earlier this month.  The new slate from Sony measures an ultra svelte 6.9mm-thin, and is shielded from the elements by its waterproof trait.  In comparison, the latest iPad mini clocks in at 7.2mm.  Sony have not held back, as they’ve really gone to town on the innards of the Z, with a Quad-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon SoC, 32GB Internal memory with microSD expansion, LTE 4G, NFC, a display of 1920×1200 resolution which is running Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine. 

The Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1, and will see Sony’s latest foray into the tablet market, further push the Sony Entertainment Network as the way to access your Music and Film, via Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services.

Availability and pricing have not been announced,  however we can expect the new Sony gadget to launch in the near future.

The recent announcement of Xperia Z, and now Xperia Tablet Z, shows that Sony means business, and has arrived with its sleeves not rolled up, but torn to shreds, as it looks to take a Hulk like swing at the mobile market. (In Japanese).


Japanese Stalwarts see ratings cut to Junk status.

Japanese firms Sony and Panasonic have had their credit ratings cut to Junk status for the first time. 

Both firms have seen demand for their products fall while their core TV businesses dwindle – the Japanese have suffered at the hands of both Apple and Samsung, as demand for Apple’s iPhone, and Samsung’s ever growing Galaxy range rises.

The cut in ratings means that for both firms, borrowing will now cost far more than before, and that their debt was no longer considered safe and investment-grade. Fitch said on Sony’s cut, “meaningful recovery will be slow, given the company’s loss of technology leadership in key products, high competition, weak economic conditions in developed markets and the strong yen”.

Fellow Electronics maker, Sharp also suffered a similar cut earlier this month at the hands of both Fitch and Standard and Poor’s, as it too was relegated to Junk status.

So where did it go so wrong? The BBC’s James McQuivey looks at this in more detail;

The Saga continues, and McQuivey has highlighted Sony’s transition to Digital as a falling point, just as detailed in a previous post;

More on this scintillating story as it unfolds.